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Comedy and curriculum

Leighann Lord at Antioch School Gala By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Leighann Lord will perform at Antioch School’s Annual Auction Gala & Comedy show, March 7 Is it me, or is a lot of the conversation I hear from my teacher friends these days centered around standardized testing? They sound beleaguered by the hand-tying […]

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A welcome distraction

Dan Grueter at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dan Grueter will perform at Dayton Funnybone Dec. 18-21 Comedian Dan Grueter wants to offer you a reprieve from your daily toils. He’s taken his homegrown brand of comedy on the likes of the Late Late Show and The Bob & Tom Show, where […]

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Funny is in his blood

Charlie Murphy at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Charlie Murphy will perform at Dayton Funny Bone Nov. 28-Nov. 30 For the past 12 years, Charlie Murphy has been using his standup comedy to kindle our happiness. During a unique transition from service in the Navy to working security for his younger brother, […]

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Boyish girl, interrupted

Tig Notaro at Taft Theatre By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Tig Notaro will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 24; photo: Ruthie Wyatt Comedian, writer and actress Tig Notaro has a way about her that sets a room at ease. She makes all the hard work look uncomplicated, no matter the […]

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Personal and awkward

Mike Birbiglia thanks God for jokes at Victoria By Gary Spencer Photo: Comedian Mike Birbiglia will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Sept. 12;   According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “religious” has a few synonyms, two of which are the words “devotional” and “sacred.” Most comedians could be said to feel religious about their […]

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Not your typical Latina

Aida Rodriguez at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Aida Rodriguez will perform July 24-27 at Dayton Funny Bone Aida Rodriguez has known she would be a comedian since she was a child. As a girl growing up in Miami, Fla., she listened to funnymen like Alvarez Guedes and Richard Pryor, often having to […]

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Heavy metal Cosby kid

Jim Breuer brings the laughs to Dayton’s Funny Bone By Zach Rogers Photo: Jim Breuer will perform at Dayton Funny Bone on April 25 and 26; photo: Gregory Pallante Goat Boy. “Half Baked.” Metallica. All of these things could easily be used to describe comedian Jim Breuer, yet they’re all just one side of the famous […]

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We’re all in this together

Paula Poundstone to perform at Victoria Theatre  By: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin   Photo: “I’m really happy to have John McCain pulling the curtain back on Internet addiction.” Paula Poundstone will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Oct. 11; photo: Michael Schwartz If I were a betting woman, I’d put money on odds that Paula Poundstone has […]

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History, asbestos and genitalia

Christian Finnegan at Funny Bone By Benjamin Smith Photo: Comedian Christian Finnegan will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone May 23-26 If you are either (A) a pop culture enthusiast or (B) a blob that slumps on the couch all day eating Doritos and watching television while your self-respect shrivels up like an old man’s salami, […]

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The art of Finesse

College football player, SNL alum, hit TV show: Finesse Mitchell at Funny Bone By Rusty Pate Photo: “All you’ve got to do is show up and make people happy … That’s a great job!” Finesse Mitchell will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone March 21-24 Rule number one when interviewing a standup comic: don’t try to […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]